Queen Rania of Jordan speaks to reporters during a meeting of U.N. regional chiefs in Amman Monday. Rania called for emergency financial aid to U.N. agencies assisting the Palestinian refugees in Gaza. (Associated Press) ** FILE **
An illuminated Citgo sign sits in the Kenmore Square section of Boston, where the headquarters of Citizens Energy Corp. is located. Last year, Citgo donated 100 million gallons of oil to the U.S. charity organization, which distributes it to low-income households.
Pope Benedict XVI waves to faithful during his "Urbi et Orbi" ("To the City and to the World") Christmas message in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008. The pope warned that the world was headed toward ruin if selfishness prevails over solidarity during tough economic times for both rich and poor nations. Speaking from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on the day Christians commemorate Jesus' birth in Bethlehem, Benedict declared that the "heart of the Christian message is meant for all men and women." (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
An undercover videotape shows a nurse at Planned Parenthood of Indiana clinic in Bloomington, Ind., coaching a supposed 13-year-old on how to duck Indiana's laws about parental-consent on abortion and the reporting of child sex-abuse. (Courtesy of liveactionfilms.org)
Children from the Andile School choir sing during World AIDS day, in Cape Town, South Africa, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008. Church bells tolled, workers put down their tools and court proceedings stopped Monday as South Africa marked a minute of silence for AIDS victims and ended a decade of denial about the epidemic. South Africa has an estimated 5.5 million people living with the HIV virus, the highest total of any country. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
London Mayor Boris Johnson, a maverick member of the center-right Conservative Party, sees Sen. Barack Obama as the "incarnation of change and hope" that the United States needs in the White House.
** FILE ** In 1932, Americans were not afraid that Franklin D. Roosevelt would be too ill, too nice, too soft or too socialist for the presidency — they were afraid of starving to death in the Depression. (Associated Press)
Officials from the International Monetary Fund - who were visiting the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik, on other business - met with government officials about the economic crisis. Iceland, which has not decided whether to seek IMF help, has a long economic reach because of global investments.
The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, pictured here in a 2008 file photo, said his organization is launching the "Protect Thy Neighbor" project to block efforts to use "religious liberty" rights to discriminate against sexual minorities and access to reproductive services, such as birth control. (The Washington Times, file.)
“The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race,” wrote Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts (shown at Montpelier, home of James Madison, "Father of the Constitution").